Contest excitement!! Salem, MA here I come

Wow. Can I say it again… WOOWSER.

Some of you have seen me at the meeting in the past. It’s been a while since I’ve made it in. But I knew you all would love to hear the great news.

I entered my 2011 published novella Painted with Pleasure in the Bean Pot Readers Contest hosted by the New England Chapter of RWA. This annual contest is well known throughout the romance community. All entries are read by readers, booksellers or librarians. There are ten categories based on genre and novel length.

Painted with Pleasure is in the Novella Category because of the novel length and not genre. So it went up against all genres in the 20k to 50k novel length and…. It’s a finalist.

I’m a finalist. Now I get to go to the NECRW’s Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference to find out my placement, first, second or third. Dress up in my Tiara and hit the evening gala. Not to mention, Painted with Pleasures cover and blurb will be shown to all Friday night. And..And It will be announced in the RWA Magazine in either the June or July copy.

It only gets better, because I had been eyeing this conference for some time. Some of my favorite authors have either keynote or workshops. It’s going to be huge. And I can’t wait.

Salem, MA. Here I come.

Dena de Paulo


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8 responses to “Contest excitement!! Salem, MA here I come

  1. Congratulations! 🙂

  2. Hi Dena,
    We haven’t met yet (I’m a new member of LCRW) but I wanted to say “Congrats!” How exciting! I’ll be so interested in hearing how it goes.
    (PS, I was in Salem during a gloomy March 2003 – didn’t get to take in many sights, but I do love MA!)

  3. K.L. Gore

    Yay, Deb! I’m so excited for you. With all the rough moments you and your family have been through this past year, you deserve to have something great happen. Congratulations!

    • DD

      Thanks Kim,
      Really this was an unexpected thrilling surprise. I entered just to get my feet back in the water, a learning experience more than anything. Never in a million did I think I would final. Still grinning from ear to ear.

  4. Congrats Deb! And the fact that it’s in Salem? Certainly that must be a sign for your novel “Sometimes a Witch!” What a fun thing to look forward to!! Good luck

    • DD


      It really fits with my current paranormal romances… Maybe I’ll get inspired for the third story. The concept is still rattling around in my brain. 🙂
      aka Dena

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